Swedish is the national language. Minority languages ​​in Sweden include Finnish, Sami, Romani, Yiddish and Meänkieli. In addition, English, German and French are widely spoken as foreign languages.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

01/06/2022 Feast of Epiphany

04/17/2022 Easter Sunday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/26/2022 Ascension of Christ

06/05/2022 Pentecost Sunday

06/06/2022 National holiday

06/25/2022 midsummer day

11/01/2022 all saints day

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas

12/31/2022 New Year’s Eve


[*] Shops and offices often close earlier in the day before a public holiday.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Sweden (when traveling from non-EU countries): 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250 g of other tobacco products (persons aged 18 and over); 1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of sweet wine (e.g. port, sherry) with an alcohol content of no more than 22% or sparkling wine (persons aged 20 and over); 4 l table wine (persons over 20 years); 16 liters of beer; Gifts/other goods up to a total value of the equivalent of €430 (approx. Skr 4,300, air and sea travel) or €300 (approx. Skr 3000, travel by train/car).

Import regulations

Travelers who bring meat and milk products, among other things, into the EU from outside the European Union must declare them. The regulation does not apply to the import of animal products from EU countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Anyone who does not register these products must expect fines or criminal prosecution. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

There is a general ban on imports of live poultry, meat and meat products from third countries (with the exception of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Import/Export to the EU

The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers as long as the goods are for personal use and not for resale. In addition, the goods must not have been purchased in duty-free shops. Travelers may be asked to provide proof of their own personal needs. Member States have the right to levy excise duty on spirit drinks or tobacco products if these products are not intended for personal use. In the EU, at least the following maximum quantities apply as personal requirements: 800 cigarettes (persons aged 18 and over); 400 cigarillos (over 18s); 200 cigars (over 18s); 1 kg of tobacco (persons aged 18 and over); 10 liters of high-proof alcoholic beverages (persons over 20 years of age); 20 liters of fortified wine (e.g. port or sherry) (over 20s); 90 liters of wine (of which a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) (persons aged 20 and over); 110 liters of beer (persons aged 20 and over); Perfumes and eau de toilette: No restrictions if it can be shown that the amount is for personal consumption. Medicines: Amount corresponding to personal needs during the trip. Other goods: The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers. However, this does not apply to gold alloys and gold plating in the unprocessed state or as a semi-finished product and fuel. Fuel may only be imported from an EC member state exempt from mineral oil tax if it is in the vehicle’s tank or in a spare container that is carried along. A fuel quantity of up to 10 liters in the reserve tank is not objected to. If additional quantities of these goods are carried, e.g. For example, a wedding is an event that could justify a bulk purchase. Note: However, there are certain exceptions to the free movement of goods regime. They relate in particular to the purchase of new vehicles and purchases for commercial purposes. (More information on car taxes can be found in the European Commission’s Guide to Buying Goods and Services in the Internal Market.)


Duty-free sales at airports and seaports have been abolished for travel within the EU. Only travelers leaving the EU can shop cheaply in duty-free shops. When importing goods into an EU country that were bought in duty-free shops in another EU country, the same travel allowances and allowances apply as when entering from non-EU countries. More information is available from Swedish Customs (Internet:

Contact addresses

Swedish Embassy

Honorary Consulate General in Frankfurt/M., Honorary Consulates in Bremen, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Kiel, Leipzig, Lübeck, Munich, Rostock and Stuttgart.

Rauchstrasse 1
+49 (30) 50 50 60.

Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00. Consular section: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00.

Consular section of the Embassy of Sweden
Liechtensteinstrasse 51
Austria +43
(1) 21 75 30 Austria Vienna/

Consular Section: Mon-Thurs 11am-12pm.
Application for passport and ID card: Electronic appointment booking: Mon, Thu 09.00-11.00 and Wed 14.00-16.00.

Swedish Embassy

Honorary consulates in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Salzburg.

Liechtensteinstrasse 51
+43 (1) 21 75 30.

Public traffic: Mon-Fri 09.00-11.00 a.m. Telephone hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00.

Swedish Embassy

Consulates in Basel, Lugano and Zurich.

Bundesgasse 26
+41 (31) 328 70 00, +41 (31) 328 70 09 (passport and ID cards).

General questions:
Telephone hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9.00-12.15 and 13.45-16.00, Thu 9.00-9.30, 10.30-12.15 and 13.45-16.00.
Visiting hours: Mon, Tue, Fri 09.30-12.00, Wed 09.30-12.00 and 14.00-16.00, Thu 10.30-12.00.

Passport and identity cards:
Telephone hours: Mon 2-3 p.m., Thurs 11-12 a.m.
Collection: Mon, Tue, Wed 09.30-12.00 and Wed also 14.00-16.00.


Business etiquette

Business people usually speak English, sometimes also German. Business cards are common, and punctuality is very important. In July, the traditional holiday month, almost all businesses close.

Opening hours

Business hours: Many companies have flextime; Lunch break is usually between 12pm and 1pm. The business hours are usually from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (core working hours).

Business contacts



According to, the country code is 0046. There are no more public payphones in Sweden.

Mobile phone

GSM 900/1800, 2G, 3G and 4G. Cellular carriers include Tele 2 and Telia. There are international roaming agreements. Larger companies have contracts with local providers. The network coverage is extensive in southern Sweden. In northern Sweden there is reception along the major roads and along the coast. Roaming abroad can be used within the EU at the regular home tariff of the respective provider. Roaming charges were abolished within the EU in mid-2017. Under certain circumstances, however, it may be possible to purchase a Swedish SIM card or prepaid cards.


The main providers include Telenor, Ownit and Tele 2. Internet cafes can be found in almost every town. Public Internet stations can be found in most airports, train stations, bookstores and hotels. Mobile surfing on the Internet is made possible, among other things, by the chargeable Goodspeed Wi-Fi hotspots.

Post office

Sweden’s postal agencies are housed in department stores, kiosks and petrol stations. Mailboxes are yellow. Letters within Europe take about 3-4 days to arrive. The opening hours of the postal agencies correspond to the respective business hours of the shops in which they are located.


Numerous German-language radio stations can be received via Astra satellites or via the Internet in Sweden.

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